My grandfather would have greeted me this morning shouting Christo aneste! (Χριστός ἀνέστη, Christ Is Risen!) expecting me to respond Alithos aneste! (Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη, He Is Risen Indeed)! This Greek Orthodox greeting echoes in some form or fashion all over the world this Easter morning. Matt Maher invites us to ask where is death’s victory today?
Where is your victory, Death?
Where is your sting, Death?
(1 Corinthians 15:55 CEB)
What new thing is God birthing in you today? Where is Jesus showing up in the midst of your life offering grace-filled possibility?
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what had just happened, they were filled with awe and said, “This was certainly God’s Son” (Matthew 27:54 CEB).
By day or by night, there are moments when Psalm 22 is our cry.
Relationships often take place around a table and over a meal.
What words do you remember from an important meal time in your life?
Earl Malatt once offered this question from Jesus: “Are ye able said the Master, to be crucified with me?”
Are you a sturdy dreamer, a realistic player, pragmatic actor, or …?
Then he said to them, “I’m very sad. It’s as if I’m dying. Stay here and keep alert with me (Matthew 26:38 CEB).
Jesus clear our temples for worship in this Holy Week!